February Holidays!

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February Holidays!
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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 11:30am

February 1st is...

February.jpgSerpent Day
- In cold climates like Scotland, snakes hibernate during winter. They disappear into their holes in the earth like the sleeping roots of plants and trees. On Serpent Day, a strange old custom documented by Alexander Carmichael included beating the earth with a piece of peat in a sock while reciting a rune. No doubt this practice was meant to awaken the sleeping serpents and therefore the land to let them know spring is coming and it is time to wake up.

National Baked Alaska Day
- The history of the Baked Alaska dates back to the 1800s when it was named after the new territory of Alaska. The newest territory, being a frozen asset was the impetuous of the dessert which is frozen to the core also. Earlier than this, an American physicist named Benjamin Thompson claimed credit for creating the dessert when trying to determine the heat resistance of egg whites. It was his version of the dessert which prompted the name of omelet surprise.

Women's Heart Health Day
- Women’s Heart Foundation’s nationally recognized day to raise awareness about the number one killer of American women: heart disease.

National Freedom Day
- celebrates freedom from slavery, and recognizes that America is a symbol of freedom. Established in 1948 to remind us that America stands for, and is a symbol of freedom for all people. The roots of this special day come directly from the end of slavery and the signing of the 13th amendment outlawing slavery.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially started in 1873
- the national police force of Canada, and one of the most recognized of its kind in the world. It is unique in the world as a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. The RCMP provides federal policing service to all of Canada and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (the RCMP does not serve as provincial or municipal police in Ontario and Quebec), more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports

Skippy Peanut Butter Created
- a commercial brand of peanut butter made in the United States. Ninety million jars of Skippy are sold annually. It was first sold on February 1, 1933.

Robinson Crusoe Day
- Anniversary of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who had been put ashore (in September 1704) on the uninhabited island Juan Fernández, at his own request, after a quarrel with his captain. His adventures formed the basis for Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe. A day to be adventurous and self-reliant.

African American Coaches Day
- To provide a day each year to educate the African-American community about the value of working with a personal or business coach and to provide an opportunity for coaches and their clients to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.

G.I. Joe Day
- This toy action figure was introduced by Hasbro and sold for $2.49. It was the first mass-market doll intended for boys and was a great success. The figure’s name came from a film, The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), that starred Robert Mitchum and Burgess Meredith.

Hula in The Coola Day
- A day for those longing to escape the winter doldrums to laugh at the cold with a luau party. Put away your winter coats, get out your shorts and flip-flops, play limbo and say, “Aloha!”

Spunky Old Broads Day
- celebration for all women over 50 who are interested in living a regret-free life.

Working Naked Day?!?!?
- dedicated to those who are working from home “naked”—stripped of the resources that millions take for granted in the traditional corporate workplace.

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 6:31am

February 11th is...

February.jpgSatisfied Staying Single Day
- As Valentine’s Day approaches, some single folks would like to point out that they’re quite content buying candy and flowers for no one but themselves.

National Peppermint Patty Day
- nothing is quite as refreshing as a piece of peppermint patty candy, right? The mixture of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate over a refreshingly cool concoction of peppermint simply explodes in the mouth! Peppermint patties have been around for years. In 1940, the York Cone Company manufactured the patties in York, Pennsylvania. According to the website, the patties were such a hit, the company's other products were discontinued in order to produce more of the patties.

Be Electrific Day
- A day to honor the birth of Thomas Alva Edison and recognize his electrical inventions, including the lightbulb. It is also the day to discover our own “body electricity.”

White T-Shirt Day
- celebrates the men and women who participated in a strike at General Motors in 1937. "These autoworkers helped the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers." As part of the symbolism of this strike, everyone wears a white shirt or blouse.

Make a Friend Day
- a great opportunity to meet someone new, or do something to make a new friend. Making a new friend can be easier to do than you think. There must be a gadzillion ways to make new friends. It often helps by smiling and just being friendly or helpful. Spend today just being friendly, and doing special or nice things for others.

Pro Sports Wives Day
- This national day of observance will give polite recognition to nearly a half million active and retired sports wives throughout the country for their public service in the estimated $213 billion professional sports industry. Unknown to the public, pro sports wives are the household managers and silent partners who keep their favorite athletes motivated, focused and determined to win and create the feeling of being a winner within us all.

National Inventor's day
- In recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world, the Congress, pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 140 (Public Law 97 - 198), has designated February 11, the anniversary of the birth of the inventor Thomas Alva Edison, who held over 1,000 patents, as National Inventors' Day.

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
- It simply means don't worry and stress over the little things. Enjoy life to it's fullest and savor each and every day with an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face! It's a day to think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens.

Thomas Edison's Birthday
- Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

National Shut-in Visitation Day
- If you know anyone who can't get out of the house for whatever reason, go visit them – bring groceries, grab a paper, bring him or her a houseplant, or just have a sit-down and a chat!


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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 11:41am

I've missed a few of these this week.

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Sat, 02-12-2011 - 4:51pm

February 12th is...

February.jpgNational Lost Penny Day
- You find them scattered about on the Streets. They are tossed into Coffee Cans and Shoe Boxes and left, if not forgotten. They do slightly help in paying escalating taxes. Surprisingly, enough of them do add up significantly over Time. How many pennies will you find today?

National Plum Pudding Day
- Why is Plum Pudding called Plum Pudding when there are no plums in it? In the 17th century, plums referred to raisins or other fruits. Plumb is another spelling of plum. Prune is actually derived from the same word as plum - the Latin word was pruna, which changed in the Germanic languages into pluma. But the terms were quite confused in the 16th and 17th centuries and people talked about growing prunes in their garden.

Darwin Day
- a recently instituted celebration intended to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general.

Oglethorpe Day
- General James Edward Oglethorpe (born at London, England, Dec 22, 1696), with some 100 other Englishmen, landed at what is now Savannah, GA, on Feb 12, 1733. Naming the new colony Georgia for England’s King George II, Oglethorpe was organizer and first governor of the colony and founder of the city of Savannah. Oglethorpe Day and Georgia Day observed on this date.

First Barbie doll for sale
- The VERY first Barbie®doll was introduced at Toy Fair in New York City in 1959. She was created by a woman named Ruth Handler. The first Barbie®doll was inspired by a German cartoon character doll that was called *Lilli* that Ruth had seen on a trip to Germany.

Clean Out Your Computer Day
- Is your computer as cluttered as your file cabinet? Do you have a huge mass of loose documents just floating around in your hard DRIVE -- files you don't even recognize, with unintelligible naming conventions? Are you guilty of hoarding old disks -- even after you've uninstalled the program to run those files? Even people with the most organized offices often have a hard time keeping their COMPUTERS in order. Somehow, when it's on a screen and not in your hand, it's harder to organize! Take a moment to go through your hard drive and disks.

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
- Every American knows President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. "Honest Abe", as he was commonly known as, was born in the wilderness country of Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861.

Daytona Pole Day
- Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 is held one weekend before the race at the Daytona International Speedway. The driver to complete the fastest single lap in a two-lap qualifying effort around the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-banked tri-oval superspeedway earns the pole position.

NAACP Day
- Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

Paul Bunyan Day
- According to the people of Bangor, Maine, Paul Bunyan was born there on February 12, 1834. Some say that Paul Bunyan is based on a French-Canadian timber man named Fabian "Joe" Fournier (aka Saginaw Joe by some) who was born in Quebec, Canada in 1845. He moved to the Saginaw, Michigan area after the Civil War and was hired as a foreman (aka boss logger) of a logging crew. Since he was a large guy and pretty strong, and was also good with an axe, he was soon called the top "feller" in the woods.

Safety Pup Day
- This year Safetypup®, created by the National Child Safety Council, joyously celebrates his birthday by bringing safety awareness/education messages to children and their parents in a positive, nonthreatening manner. Age-appropriate materials available through local law enforcement departments on topics including bike safety, drug abuse prevention, child abduction prevention and farm safety.

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Sun, 02-13-2011 - 8:55am

February 13th is....

February.jpgGet a Different Name Day
- for those who are not fond of the name given to them. At birth, we are given a first name, a middle name and a last name. It wasn't our choosing. Rather, our parents bestowed it upon us. If you like your name, good for you. If not, then today is for you. Take advantage of today to change your name.

National Tortini Day

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Sun, 02-13-2011 - 8:58am

Can anyone explain how all 3 of these can be celebrated on the same day!?!?!?:smileymad:

Madly In Love With Me Day

- A day of self-love, created to inspire women and girls to say
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Mon, 02-14-2011 - 12:07pm

February 14th is...

February.jpgValentine's Day!!
- a celebration of love and lovers. The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.

Ferris Wheel Day
- The original Ferris wheel was designed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., as a landmark for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The name later came to be used generically for all such rides. Take a ride on a ferris wheel and remember how fun it is to be up high while the wind blows over your face.

National Condom Day
- learn more about your risk of STD infection and to get the facts on condom use. Information about condoms and their role in reducing the risk of STDs (including HIV), preventing pregnancy, and the facts about STDs are available on several web sites.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
- Congenital Heart Disease is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide. Despite the fact that CHD affects approximately 1.8 millions families in the U.S., a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support.

Quirky Alone Day
- a do-it-yourself celebration of romance, friendship, and independent spirit. It's a celebration of all kinds of love: romantic, platonic, familial, and yes, self-love. International Quirky Alone Day is not anti-Valentine's Day. It's NOT a pity party for single people. It's an alternative--a feel-good alternative to the marketing barrage of Valentine's Day and an antidote to the silicone version of love presented in shows such as Hooking Up and The Bachelor.

National Donor Day
- A day to encourage people to sign up to donate their organs. It may save a life. National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners with the support of the US Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations.

Eniac Computer Introduced
- J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly demonstrated the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) for the first time at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946. This was the first electronic digital computer. It occupied a room the size of a gymnasium and contained nearly 18,000 vacuum tubes. The army commissioned the computer to speed the calculation of firing tables for artillery. By the time the computer was ready, WWII was over. However, ENIAC prepared the way for future generations of computers.

National Have a Heart Day
- The goal of this celebration of life is to create a new consciousness concerning the impact of our food choices on the environment, world hunger, animal welfare and human health—especially heart health. Vegetarian diets increase longevity and help prevent—and even reverse—heart disease. Total vegetarians live about 15 years longer than nonvegetarians and suffer less than one-tenth the heart disease death rate of nonvegetarians.

League of Women Voters Day
- While meeting in Chicago to celebrate the imminent ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, leaders of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) approved the formation of a new organization—the League of Women Voters. With the vote for women just a few months away, the new organization was created to help American women exercise their new political rights and responsibilities.

Race Relations Day
- A day designated by some churches to recognize the importance of interracial relations. It is an opportunity to affirm the value of all our different languages, beliefs and cultures, and our common belonging to a unique and diverse nation.

National Cream Filled Chocolates Day
- Cream-filled chocolates can be made two ways. The first way is to make ganache and fondant, roll it into a ball and then dip the fondant into chocolate. Another way is to use a mold and put melted chocolate in the mold. Chocolate in molds are cooled by freezing. The molds are then filled with a cream filling and chocolate poured over the candy. Once the candy has cooled, it can be taken out of the mold.

Read To Your Child Day
- Just 20 minutes a day reading aloud with young children strengthens relationships, encourages listening and language skills, promotes attention and curiosity, and establishes a strong reading foundation. These skills are essential for success in school and in life. It takes hundreds of hours of “lap time” for a child to acquire the pre-literacy skills necessary for learning to read early and well. From birth to age five, the pleasant activity of listening to and talking about stories trains a child's brain, ears, and eyes for eventual success in learning to read.

National Call In Single Day
- Singles all across the country are encouraged to pick up the phone, take a day off from work, and set aside some time for themselves. Nobody can love you like you, so make sure you love yourself a lot today. Then go on out and do things for YOU. Take a walk, laugh at passing couples walking hand-in-hand, eat copious amounts of chocolates, chase your shadow, just make sure you enjoy yourself.

Library Lovers Day
- a new era has begun with Library Lovers everywhere claiming the day for the objects of their special affection - Australia's libraries. People are devoted to their library and not just on one day of the year. Millions of library lovers across Australia must be right! No matter what type of library or information centre you work in use your creative flair to help celebrate the day and have fun!

National Women's Heart Day
- Too often we think of a broken heart as an emotional euphemism, yet heart disease is the number one killer of women as well as men. Yet most women are still woefully unaware of this. To encourage heart health and heart healthy behaviors in women, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson has declared today National Woman's Heart Day.


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Registered: 12-12-2007
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 1:40pm

I hear your complaint about the other day!!

KRISTIE
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Mon, 02-14-2011 - 4:59pm

It is a bit above freezing here, but supposed to get cold and snow tonight....then start to warm up into the 40's!!

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Registered: 12-12-2007
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 5:19pm

I'm glad you will have nicer weather soon.

KRISTIE
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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 8:34am

Thanks!

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